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‘I’m not being offensive but…’: intersecting discourses of discrimination towards Muslim children in school

Welply, O.

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This article examines forms of implicit discrimination towards Muslim children in children’s discourses of Otherness. Findings in this paper draw on qualitative data exploring the discourses of 17 children from a Year 6 class in a culturally diverse primary school in the East of England. Building on Critical Race Theory and Critical Discourse Analysis, this article shows that children’s discourses of Otherness acted in tacit discriminatory ways by constructing difference as problematic, which positioned Muslim children as the ‘bad Other’. These findings show the intersectionality of discrimination experienced by Muslim children in school, and offer a reflection on the role of multiculturalism in schools and the limitations of uncritical discourses of tolerance in fostering an understanding of difference and Otherness.

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Welply, O. (2018). ‘I’m not being offensive but…’: intersecting discourses of discrimination towards Muslim children in school. Race Ethnicity and Education, 21(3), 370-389. https://doi.org/10.1080/13613324.2017.1294569

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 20, 2016
Online Publication Date Feb 28, 2017
Publication Date May 4, 2018
Deposit Date Jan 10, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 28, 2018
Journal Race Ethnicity and Education
Print ISSN 1361-3324
Electronic ISSN 1470-109X
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 3
Pages 370-389
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13613324.2017.1294569

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